July 21, 2015 |
A new report that indicates Philadelphia has lost more jobs than New York, Chicago, and several other big cities in creative industries such as music, theater, and related fields should concern arts leaders and public officials. Some in the arts community disagree with the Center for an Urban Future's assessment in June that Philadelphia experienced a 24 percent decline in creative jobs between 2003 and 2013. They say self-employed workers and workers in related jobs such as graphic design and communications were wrongly left out of the survey.
July 17, 2015
J OSEPH DOUGHERTY, the 73-year-old former labor leader awaiting sentencing next week on a federal racketeering conviction, just found out the hard way that not even Shakespeare can soften the blow of a judge's gavel. U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson yesterday rejected Dougherty's Hail Mary motion for an acquittal or a new trial. Baylson began the ruling thusly: "Who finds the heifer dead and bleeding fresh, And sees fast by a butcher with an axe, But will suspect 'twas he that made the slaughter?"
July 16, 2015 |
Job seeker Charles Hendricks, 35, who was at the Convention Center for the NAACP's diversity job fair, had to run to class Tuesday, so he didn't have time to listen to President Obama speaking down the hall. But Obama's speech to more than 3,000 at the NAACP's annual convention hit Hendricks' situation right on the money. Or rather, lack of it. "I'm looking for any kind of work," said Hendricks, a convicted felon and an African American from North Philadelphia, who is attending the ITT Technical Institute of Philadelphia, where he is studying computer drafting and design.
July 15, 2015 |
AT ONE POINT yesterday, I wondered if I should hold a mirror under my nose. Maybe I was dead. Maybe that explained the sound of crickets when I tried to get responses to the late-day news Friday that six former Philadelphia police officers who were the subject of a made-for-TV, 26-count federal indictment got their jobs back through arbitration. An arbitrator ruled to reinstate them, with a year's worth of back pay. Two months ago, a jury acquitted the officers - Thomas Liciardello, Michael Spicer, Brian Reynolds, Perry Betts, Linwood Norman and John Speiser - of allegedly using their positions to run a criminal enterprise.
July 12, 2015 |
Annmarie Ruiz has been handed a third card. The Gloucester County health officer, who doubles as Salem County's, will now also report to Atlantic City. Ruiz - charged with enforcing health and sanitation policies and restaurant inspections, and coordinating responses to public health issues - will now split her time among the jurisdictions under a shared-services agreement approved this week by Gloucester County. Atlantic City will pay Gloucester County $2,470 a month until the end of the year - an amount that will increase 2 percent at the start of 2016.
July 9, 2015 |
LOS ANGELES - Chase Utley continues to work his way back from the ankle inflammation that landed him on the disabled list two weeks ago. The Phillies are hoping he will resume baseball activities this weekend in San Francisco, where the team plays a weekend series. But even upon Utley's eventual return to the lineup, all indications are that Cesar Hernandez will continue to play as the Phillies' primary second baseman. On Tuesday at Dodger Stadium, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. deemed the 25-year-old Hernandez the team's "best second baseman.
July 7, 2015 |
ATLANTA - If you have ever awoken to a ruptured septic tank, then you know what Pete Mackanin is wading through every day. He is the interim manager of a Phillies team comprised of rich, fading stars, desperate veterans and unseasoned young talent. Thanks to awful starting pitching, laughable offense and bad defense, the team is losing games with alarming efficiency. Their manager, Hall of Fame second baseman Ryne Sandberg, quit on them 10 days ago. Their general manager, Ruben Amaro Jr., is in the final year of his deal, and it is he who will be blamed for the franchise's structural decay.
June 26, 2015 |
To his many supporters, Bill Bennett is a warm, all-in principal who dresses up on Halloween, knows the name of every student, goes to all the band concerts, and listens patiently to teachers over coffee and doughnuts. Indeed, "the Pinch-Me Elementary School" was a nickname that some parents and staff adopted for the highly rated Indian Lane Elementary School in the Rose Tree Media School District during Bennett's tenure, which began in 1999. "You couldn't believe that this is so great," said Liz Corra, who sent her two kids through the K-5 school.
June 24, 2015
ISSUE | SCHOOL FUNDING All fall down on job Although I share the view that it's City Council's responsibility to provide adequate and consistent funding for Philadelphia schools, more attention should be given to the state legislature's role in creating the problems the School District faces ("Indecent proposal," June 17). Since the late 1990s, the legislature has ducked its responsibility for adequately funding the pension fund it created and manages. To correct this oversight, the legislature has passed the responsibility for addressing pension fund obligations to local districts - which in turn have had to dramatically increase taxes and/or reduce operating costs and programs.